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Saib Shawkat

Saib Shawkat Iraqi surgeon

Iraqi surgeon
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Intro Iraqi surgeon
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Saib Shawkat (Arabic: صائب شوكت‎‎) was an Iraqi doctor and Arab nationalist leader.

Medical career

He was from an upscale patriotic Baghdadian family and studied at a medical school in Istanbul 1913-1918, completing post-graduate studies in general surgery in Germany. Shawkat was the first Iraqi doctor to teach anatomy at the Iraqi Royal College of Medicine of which he became the dean later in the 1940s. He was one of the pioneers in general surgery in Iraq, serving as Director General of Baghdad Hospital in the 1930s. In 1932 he became a founding committee member of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society.

He attended King Ghazi after the car accident preceding his death.


Shawkat was an Arab nationalist with Nazi sympathies, leading the nationalist Nadi al-Muthanna Club and advocating the expulsion of Jews from Iraq.


Saib Shawkat was the brother of politician Naji Shawkat, who served as Prime Minister of Iraq from 1932-33.

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